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Hang On Little Tomato

October 19, 2004

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 19, 2004
  • Label: Heinz Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2006 Heinz Records
  • Total Length: 50:22
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  • ASIN: B000QQWH3G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,673 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

I purchased this CD based on someone's Listmania recommendations and I love it!
dance chickie
Let me just say, that if you're looking for some fun music to listen to, something a little different, you will love this album!
kle
A unique mix of selections enhanced, as always, by the outstanding musical talent of the group.
L. W. Bailets

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By C. Noble on November 1, 2004
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I loved Sympathique (and awaited this new release along with everyone else) and couldn't wait for this new CD to come out. It was well worth the wait. China Forbes sounds better than ever - she's clearly been doing her vocal exercises! - and Robert Taylor is a welcome new addition with his evocative lead vocals (and trumpet musings) in Veronique. The range of the album's songs is greater - from the joy of the opening track to the depths of the beautiful cello solo that opens U Palvu zoru.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Betty L. Dravis VINE VOICE on May 29, 2005
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I'm much better at book reviews than I am at music. Being a grandmother and (I confess) a great-grandmother, I didn't expect any of today's music to move me ... or even impress me.

BUT ... this album did it! I can't say--as one reviewer said-- that every song is pitch-perfect (my hearing isn't that good anymore), but I CAN say that I liked what I heard.

I have never had a martini in my long life, but I'm even sold on the name of these talented musicians. It has a "Bling Ring" to it!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By GUSHandGO on November 1, 2004
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Those of us who have been PM fans for a while have waited endlessly to finally have this album in our hands. For the past few years, it has become a running joke between the band and its fans.

Lead singer China Forbes once said during a concert, "This next song is called 'Aspettami', which means, "Wait for me", which means, "Be patient... the new album will come out one day!"

If you ever get the chance to see this amazing group live, DO NOT hesitate. Living in Oregon, I've been lucky enough to see them about 8 times and even meet the entire ensemble on a number of occasions. They are truly special, very talented individuals.

My ONLY complaint -- and believe me, I don't mean this as any kind of indicator on the quality of this album -- is that a few songs that I've come to love through their live shows didn't make this album's cut. These include "The Flying Squirrel" and the bands crowd-favorite song "Hey Eugene", among others whose titles escape. However, I'm confident that these songs will be a part of an eventual third album.

Do yourself and/or someone you love a favor... buy this album and the band's first cd, "Sympathique" and enjoy one of the best kept musical secrets around.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Selzer on March 16, 2006
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Pink Martini has earned a cult following after the success of their independently produced and distributed first album, Sympatique. Seven years later comes Hang On Little Tomato, with plenty of what Pink Martini does best. This is truly an international gem, with songs in French, Italian, Japanese . . . oh, and English. The lead singer offers a lush alto interpretation as easy as warm caramel. With expert piano, harp, clarinet, trumpet bending blues notes with a classical underbelly and Latin rhythms, there is no other group that feeds the soul as satisfyingly. You will find many favorites on this album. From the romantic lines of the opener ("I know a falling star can't fall forever, but let's never stop falling in love") to the quirky title song, to the endering Lily ("Lily comes when you stop to call her; Lily runs when you look away; Lily leaves kisses on your collar; Lily Lily Lily Lily stay!") to the smoldering Una Notte en Napoli. I've not enjoyed a new CD in many many years . . . gee, since I was turned onto Sympatique.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By saabataj on June 18, 2005
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Amidst the same old trends - boy bands, do-anything-for-fame rockers and their drug induced lyrics, indie alternatives and their oh-i'm-so-cool-because-i'm-anti-mainstream attitude, girls-with-pianos trying to be the next Sarah McLachlan, guys-with-pianos trying to be the next Rufus, here is one refreshing band that is utterly original, sophisticated and yet not in your face about it all the time.

The CD quickly topped my 'Best of 2004' list, I couldn't stop listening to it. I felt I needed to support the artists and ended up buying more CDs for my friends. You hear that, RIAA? If the music is good, we'll buy it even if we don't have to.

Genre: Their website says, "Somewhere between a 1930s Cuban dance orchestra, a classical chamber music ensemble, a Brasilian marching street band and Japanese film noir is the 12-piece Pink Martini."
- That's just ridiculous. Pink Martini is so much much more, don't even try to pigeonhole them into that genre. You missed French bossa nova, Latin Nouveau salsa, Cabaret lounge, Caribbean percussion, Greek dance fest...you get the idea.

Why: The very first song, 'Let's never stop falling in love' jazzily transports you to a Brazilian café staring into the eyes of your sexy amore. You go through a myraid of places, imagery and emotions as you listen to the CD. There's the wistful "Autrefois" about a girl writing letters to her friends that takes you to a cafe on the Parisian sidewalk, the longing of "Aspettami", the the hopeful "Hang on Little Tomato" and loving "Clementine", the sexy "U Plavu Zoru" with the deep cello, a sultry "Veronique", the catchy "Dansez vous" which will be very hard to get out of your head, the fun romp in "Lilly" and probably the most unique piece of music I have ever heard, "Kikuchiyo To".
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 11, 2004
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There's no doubt about it: Pink Martini, the "little orchestra," is indeed one of the best kept secrets around--and I can't understand why! I myself only stumbled over them while browsing the Amazon web site. I listened to a few sound clips on my computer--and immediately ordered this CD! I was not the slightest bit disappointed in this CD; I was amazed at their talent and natural giftedness!

In Hang On Little Tomato, the second CD put out by a group called Pink Martini, there is a stunning and beautiful diversity of songs. I strongly agree with the reviewer who writes that "you can't lock this group into one category." The CD starts out with the very strong "Let's Never Stop Falling In Love" sung by China Forbes with a beautiful arrangement. There's the Croatian song "U Plavu Zoru" about a love that will not be. French love song aficionados get a real treat with the two songs "Dansez-Vous" and "Autrefois." There's a great Spanish song (in regular Spanish, not Castilian) called "Anna (El Negro Zumbon)." I loved it! The Italian love song "Una Notte A Napoli" is exquisitely performed. There's also a Japanese song lamenting a night of passion that can never blossom into a full love affair, "Kikuchiyo To Mohshimasu."

There is a singular beauty to this song set that is rarely surpassed; their talent is undeniable and very dynamic. Moreover, this CD is extremely romantic. I agree with the reviewer who writes that this is the perfect CD to play when making love! Regardless of what's going on, or even if you're just hanging out with no agenda on a lazy afternoon, this CD is perfect for you!

The CD packaging is superlative as well!
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